By Beckie Carlson
have never been one of those people that looks to the stars for
guidance. I don't believe in horoscopes and I don't know my sign. I do
believe things happen for a reason, and sometimes we even get to find
out what that reason is. But not always.
remember when I met my husband. I had just broken up with an on and off
boyfriend of three years. I was crushed when he moved on and wrote long,
pathetic entries in my journal about how 'over' my life was. Two days
later, my room mate talked me into going dancing. I met Brad and we were
together for the next twenty years. My heart break opened the path to
happiness for me. It has happened more than once. I can't help but think
about the scriptures that talk about the importance of having a broken
heart and contrite spirit. I always thought that meant humility, and it
probably does, but maybe when we have our heart broken we are able to
see a path we might not have seen when it was full. Maybe that is when
and how the Lord can guide us to where He wants us. Maybe it is where we
get where WE want to be. We just can't see it.
have made a lot of plans in my life and had a lot of plans not work
out. I would venture to say that the majority of my plans have gone
awry. I've started changing how I make plans. Instead of getting out my
mental stone and chiseling my plan into it, I write my plan in the sandy
beach of my mind and see what happens. Don't get me wrong, I'm all
about goals. Life without goals is a winding path to nowhere. But, goals
should be flexible, alterable, and open to serendipity. I have found
that the plans I have made that have gone awry tend to lead me to places
that are happier in the end. Not always, and sometimes not for a very
long time, but mostly my life has been a happy path.
takes some practice and a lot of faith, but living a serendipitous life
can be pretty great. I've learned to take a step back when road blocks
pop up in my life, and to think about the blessings I have. What could
the Lord be trying to teach me by this road block? Did I cause my own
road block? Is there another path?
Usually, if I just relax and
accept and leave my heart and mind open to divine guidance, my life
changes for the better. I have had some really great changes and
additions to my life lately. Things I could not have planned for or
expected. My life is full. I am very blessed. I look forward to the next
glitch....cause I said so.
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